Shell Aviation is born

In 1921, pilot and visionary Jerry Shaw joined Shell to set up a dedicated aviation division, the first by a major oil company.

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Opening up the Asian skies

Throughout the 1930s, Shell Aviation put in place the fuelling infrastructure to enable airlines like KLM to set up new long-distance routes from Europe to Asia.

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Our Stories

KLM takes to the air

Jerry Shaw pilots the Dutch Airlines’ first commercial flight.

Introducing business travel by air

Shell becomes an early pioneer of business flight.

Into Africa

Airlines expand African routes, supported by Shell.

Civil aviation’s global footprint

Worldwide fuelling infrastructure in place on 20th anniversary of civil aviation.

The birth of the turboprop

New engines meet expanding demand for air travel in the 1940s.

Supplying all corners of the earth

Shell ensures fuel supply to connect isolated communities.

Decarbonising Aviation: Cleared for Take-off

Our new report, produced with Deloitte, reflects views from right across the aviation industry on the obstacles the sector faces and provides a clear pathway for the sector to accelerate progress towards net-zero emissions.

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Work with us today for a low carbon future

Shell has supported the pioneers of aviation for over 100 years. Share your challenge and let’s work together today for a sustainable tomorrow.

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100 years of going beyond

Since the birth of aviation, Shell has supported innovators and pioneers, helping bring progress and opportunities to people and communities the world over.